Amazon Luna: Cloud Gaming The Amazon Way
Did you know Amazon has a cloud gaming platform? Amazon Luna first launched in 2020, amassing a library of famous titles like Batman: Arkham Knight and Fortnite. As a result, more people like you may have heard of this burgeoning gamer platform, leading you to this article.
Cloud gaming is a growing trend, and Amazon Luna can help you start. The platform lets you try the service for a relatively low price of $10 monthly. Also, it is a great choice if you do not want to store all your games on your computer.
This article will discuss how you can start using Amazon Luna. Specifically, I will explain how to register for the service and show the required devices. Also, I will cover the subscription price and the most recent games at the time of writing.
What do I need to play Amazon Luna?
Amazon Luna is an online service available in the United States and the United Kingdom. Head to Amazon US or UK and sign in to your account.
Click the “Play free with Prime” option or choose one of the other subscriptions. For example, US gamers have the Luna+ option that costs $9.99 monthly.
You can also pay $4.99 monthly if you only want Jackbox party games. If you prefer titles like Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed, the $17.99 monthly Ubisoft+ is the better choice.
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Parents have the $2.99 Family Channel if they need child-friendly games with local cooperative gameplay. Also, you need compatible gaming devices.
The platform homepage says, “Amazon Luna lets you play your favorite games on devices you already own.” In other words, you can play it on a PC, Mac, Fire TV, Android, and iOS.
No matter your choice, you must have a 10Mbps internet connection or higher. Also, the eCommerce website recommends using an Ethernet cable or 5G Wi-Fi.
Which devices are compatible with Amazon Luna?
Amazon Luna games have various hardware requirements. Check your preferred games to confirm if your computer has enough RAM, video card, and other components.
PC users should have Windows 10 or 11. Meanwhile. Mac gamers need at least macOS High Sierra. Amazon Luna supports the following Android devices:
- Pixel 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 6, 6 Pro, 7, 7 Pro
- OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 8, 8 Pro, Nord, Nord N10, Nord N100, 7T, 7T Pro, 7T Pro 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, S10, S10 Plus, Note 10, Note 10 Plus, S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S22, Z Fold 3
What if you want to play on a larger screen? Then, you can use Amazon Luna on your Amazon Fire TV. Here is the list of compatible Fire TV models:
- Fire TV Stick Lite, 2nd-gen, 3rd-gen, 4K, and 4K Max
- Fire TV 3rd- gen, Cube, Omni Series, and 4-Series
- Insignia Fire TV
- Toshiba Fire TV
- Fire HD 8 tablet 2018 or 2020
- Fire HD 10 tablet 2019 or 2021
The cloud gaming platform works with keyboards, mice, and Bluetooth controllers. However, Amazon encourages people to use the dedicated Luna controller.
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It looks and feels like an Xbox controller, but it has additional features. The Luna accessory has built-in Alexa integration and can move between devices.
The service offers popular games like Fortnite and Assassin’s Creed: Origins, but it also has titles available for a limited period. Here are the ones Amazon Luna added in May 2023:
- Retro Classix: Breakthru
- Retro Classix: Express Raider
- Tormented Souls
- Retro Classix: Super Real Darwin
- Retro Classix: Wizard Fire
Amazon Luna lets you play numerous games without installing them on your device. It first became available in the United States in March 2022.
In March 2023, it launched in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Amazon will likely expand access to more countries, but it hasn’t specified further details.
If Amazon Luna isn’t your cup of tea, you have other ways to enjoy video games. Read Inquirer Tech for the latest tips and trends in gaming, AI, apps, devices, and more.
Frequently asked questions about Amazon Luna
What is cloud gaming?
Cloud gaming lets you play video games without buying a gaming console or PC. Instead, you could use your existing gadgets like laptops and tablets. Also, cloud gaming stores your titles on a cloud server, letting you play without downloading and installing games. Moreover, you do not need to worry about constant updates.
How can I play games on Amazon Luna?
You may pay for the cloud gaming platform’s Luna+, Ubisoft+, or Jackbox Games subscriptions. Alternatively, you may play for free with an Amazon Prime account, but you do not have many games available. Prime gamers may also play games only available for a limited time.
Which controllers work with Amazon Luna?
You can play Amazon Luna with most Bluetooth controllers. These include the Razer Kishi Mobile Game controller, Xbox One controller, DualShock 4, or PS4 controller. However, Amazon recommends playing Luna with its proprietary Luna controller. Otherwise, you may play with a mouse and keyboard.
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